The Power of Observation.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

A full moon, or at least a nearly full pass, is what originally brought me and my wife Rachel to the lake edge near our home in the Vallecito valley. I with camera in hand.
The sound of the ice was what intrigued us. Hauntingly beautiful. Almost eerie. One moment you think you are hearing the sounds of the great whales communicating in song, and in a violent turn of events, the quiet is shattered by the sound… perhaps not unsimilar to metal cables, under pressure, snapping.
Events which are forcefully echoed around the valley. Cold silence remains.
Freezing temperatures combined with a partially frozen lake, and the general solitude of our rural environment. Amplified.
The photographs were a product of experimantetion. High ISO and low shutter speeds. Artistic in nature. An interpretation of the scene if you will. All made within a dozen feet of each other.
The experience itself…magic.
Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Stripping Away the Darkness…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

High ISO settings in todays digital cameras not only bring back unseen light, but have the ability to create an artistic approach unlike any thing else I have ever used. Long exposures on a tripod could create such effects if your subject was unmoving, here I was able to walk the beach, in nearly complete darkness, and still frame up a few images using the lights of the skyline to set my manual focus…experiment, push the limits and you might surprise yourself!